What are Faux Wood Shutters?12/18/2017Collins Jones “Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to floors to window treatments. Really, it just means “not wood, but resembles it.” Aside from that, you don’t really know what you’re dealing with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Dallas, what are you actually buying for your windows? Sunburst Shutters Dallas will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. Here’s what you should know. Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Rubbish Faux wood is almost always presented as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just composite wood, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of composite materials aren’t long-lasting, can’t really block sound or heat loss, and will most likely fade and discolor after repeated exposure to the sun. Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chips and cracks, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows. So while you might think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Do you benefit much from shutters that don’t help keep your home more comfortable or your utility bills lower? Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal. What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter There are 3 things you should be on the look for in a high quality faux wood shutter: Resilient, moisture-proof material No vinyl material on a wood chip base An extended warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters break down. In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also better insulators to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. And unlike most faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty. Some salespeople may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” material, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Dallas’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you want to graduate from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Dallas today. Set up a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 214-301-5066.